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The Kosovo intervention was thought to have established a new world order, one in which human rights were paramount and where those leaders who abused their power and people had nowhere to hide.Humanitarian intervention has become the doctrine that dare not speak its name. On Syria, the so-called "liberal hawks" are silent.An unabashed proponent of humanitarian intervention, Berman is angry that those who were most vocal in demanding action in Kosovo, and indeed more recently, in Libya, refuse to advocate intervention to protect civilians in Syria.Berman summed up why the liberal hawks have become cowed liberal doves in a single word: Iraq.Yet, Obama played a key role in the limited NATO-led humanitarian intervention in Libya in 2011, an action he undertook without consulting the U.S. Congress, and that may now be seen as the last flight of the liberal hawks.What really disturbs Berman, however, is that Kosovo and other smaller interventions, and even the botched operation in Iraq, have failed to provide a consensual template for humanitarian intervention.However, blaming Iraq for the silence of the liberal interventionists today may be too easy.
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